4 ways to amp up any night

Having free time over the summer break is great, but it may even be too great, as one day blends into the next with monotony. Here are some tips to amp up the mild and sleepy nights in our own university city. 1. Have your nightly existential crisis — but
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The faults of living in the Facebook era

Ah, Facebook — that ever-present part of our lives that serves to ensure us that we have access to the constantly updated information of what everyone we know is doing at all times. It’s hard to picture life without Facebook these days — it has become so ingrained in our
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Electrostatic sight over the insect world

Electrostatic effects on nature are so ubiquitous that they commonly play tricks on us: restyling our hair like a porcupine’s, emitting “firefly” flashes while we put on clothes, dusting our computer screens, sticking book pages and even producing a painful electric shock after a handshake. These amusing experiences, however, can
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Trucking to a new home

CITY AFFAIRS: The new Bancroft Way and College Avenue location for three city food trucks unfairly puts the future of the trucks in limbo.

Three food trucks formerly located in front of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue, Healthy Heavenly Foods, Kettle Corn Star and Dojo Dog, were dislocated in December as a result of the Lower Sproul renovation project. Healthy Heavenly Foods recently reopened at the new location, while the latter two are still
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Can’t buy me love

Broke in Berkeley

When I first met the guy I was going to marry, he told me he had a book called “Dating for Under a Dollar.” I didn’t believe him until he showed me. His parents had raised him in a lifestyle he cheerfully called “frugal” rather than “cheap.” Most of the
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Survival tips for the BART apocalypse

If you haven’t been affected by the BART strike, you obviously don’t live in the Bay Area. From all the politics behind the BART system — and even our AC Transit system — the whole East Bay and San Francisco are basically reeling. It’s absolute chaos. While the BART employees have
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Your Fourth of July fireworks guide for the Bay Area

American skies will be clouded in a red, white and blue haze this Independence Day, and ours in the Golden State are no exception. The launching of fireworks is a quintessential tradition, started by none other than Founding Father John Adams himself. In lieu of his hope for “Illuminations from
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The failure to communicate

Broke in Berkeley

My best friend’s parents both went to Cal. Some of her earliest memories are of the Campanile and the Cal Band performances, and she was very excited to come visit me when I started here. When we were preparing to graduate from high school, her parents really wanted her to
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